Trey Burke Could Wind Up In Detroit Pistons Uniform

By John Raffel
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It doesn’t appear likely that the Detroit Pistons would take Michigan Wolverine superstar with their first-round pick in the NBA Draft this summer.

But, there is a scenario where Burke could wind up being drafted by the Pistons.

It will all depend on how the lottery goes and when the Pistons draft. Their first priority would be to get a big man who could supplement their one-two inside punch of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.  With Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey, the thought is the Pistons don’t need another point guard.

But if the coaches determine that Burke is the best player available and the big man the team would prefer isn’t still on the board, they might go that route.

That would mean veterans like Jose Calderon and Will Bynum would almost certainly look for employment somewhere else and the Pistons, with plenty of cap space, would pick up a big man with the free agency route.

If Burke would wind up in Detroit, the Pistons would have to make some move to open a spot for him. But it might be worth it. The team has been lagging in attendance, thanks to having losing records five straight seasons. Burke would create some excitement at least initially. But with the proper attention, he could get the job done. His sophomore season produced impressive credentials in which he averaged 18.6 points, 6.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds a game. He also shot 46.3 percent from the floor and 80.1 percent from the free-throw line. He took his team to the NCAA title game and showed the toughness he can give in the NBA.

Trey Burke as a Detroit Piston? Unlikely, right now, but under certain circumstances, it could happen.

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